The future of interior design and 2015 home remodeling trends: ‘Fewer lines, less stress’

by lcmremodel

Now that we have had a few days to rummage around 2015, we have a better vision of what the new year may bring. Or do we?

Homes & Gardens of the Northwest is asking design, decor and home experts what they foresee for 2015…and beyond.

First up, Neil Kelly Co., the Pacific Northwest-based design-build remodeling firm. Its team of 25 designers came up with their top picks for interior design and home remodeling trends for 2015.

In a nutshell, they predict a greater shift to transitional design — that style way station between traditional and contemporary — as well more emphasis on metals and a greater emphasis on having a healthy home with the help of better air filtration systems and elimination of offgassing and formaldehyde finishes.

They call these “The Great Eight” trends:

Trend 1: A healthy home

Nearly half of us remodel to prevent potential health problems, according to the home remodeling and design site Houzz.com. So this trend is more anesthetic than aesthetic. “We believe that the healthy home is the next frontier in home renovation,” says Neil Kelly President Tom Kelly. “Remodelers have a critical role to play in helping people make changes — large and small — to improve their home environments.

Whether it’s non-offgassing finishes, no-formaldehyde cabinets or better air filtration systems, homeowners realize a benefit to the family in creating a healthy living space. Take this notion one step further and you’ll discover Kohler’s SanSouci Touchless Toilet. That’s right, to flush this water closet you just wave your hand over the toilet; no touching required.

Trend 2: Creature comforts like heated floors and towel racks

Some creature comforts never go out of style, and many see technological improvements over the years. That’s the case with heated floors in the bathroom. “It gets pretty cold in Central Oregon, so my clients here often want heated floors,” says Kathleen Donohue. “And these clients took it a step further and added an increasingly popular feature, a heated towel rack.”

Trend 3: Reduce, reuse, rebirth

Talk to any sustainability expert and at some point during the conversation about products you’ll hear the phrase “life cycle.” Some life cycles are short while other products seem to never die.

Take Viridian wood products, for an example. The Portland-based company takes beautiful old wood, saves it from the landfill and re-purposes it as a raw material the builders and remodelers use.

“When shipping containers make their way from Asia they look pretty rough, but with a little sanding beautiful colors and grain patterns appear,” says Neil Kelly Design Consultant Karen Richmond. “It’s versatile, bursts with personality, and it’s wood we wouldn’t normally have available to work with.”

Trend 4: Remodel vs move

Some people are opting to remodel their existing home than move to a new one. Homeowners asked Richmond to change the entire orientation of their home to take advantage of the existing view.

“It made more sense for them to stay and use the fantastic property they already owned, instead of hunting all over and paying top dollar to find another piece of land,” says Richmond.

Trend 5: Metal finishes

From copper pendant lighting to brass sinks, metal is appearing in more homes in 2015. “Shades and tones of copper are in the mix,” says Neil Kelly Design Consultant Heidi Hawk. “I love working with multiple mediums as it brings out the artistic side of design.”

Trend 6: Color

Neil Kelly designers don’t like to pick one color for a year, because usually there are a whole host of colors that catch their eyes.

“We’re seeing light blues and greens becoming increasingly popular, says Richmond.

Here’s a little color tip from Neil Kelly Seattle Design Consultant Diane Foreman: “If you want to know what the hot colors are going to be in the coming year don’t go to the paint store, go to Bed, Bath and Beyond or any store that sells bath towels,” she says. “They will start stocking new towel colors long before those colors show up in the paint stores. Retail has to be way ahead of the game.”

Trend 7: Contemporary

Four hundred designers participating in the National Kitchen and Bath Association‘s style report agree there is a move toward simplicity in a cleaner, more contemporary design.

For a bathroom in a house in Battle Ground, Wash., “our client wanted a serene sanctuary, a place that was soothing but not cold,” says Neil Kelly Design Consultant Sandi Erdman. “Most people who are looking for contemporary design are looking for a clean, pared down look that is minimalist yet beautiful.”

Trend 8: Transitional over traditional

A few years ago, raised panel cabinet doors were everywhere. Now, flat cabinet panels are in. “And that’s probably the biggest component in that design shift,” says Neil Kelly Design Consultant Janel Campbell. “I think people have so much going on in their daily lives that when they get home they are looking for a peaceful atmosphere with less clutter — fewer lines — and less stress.”

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